How to Change Your Instagram Icon to the Old Logo on App's 10th Birthday

Instagram is letting its users change the app's icon in celebration of its tenth birthday.

The photo-sharing app launched on October 6, 2010, and to mark its first decade, Instagram is throwing it back. While users can choose to change their icon to a range of colors—like rainbow or gold—the most exciting option is the now-retro 2010 icon.

To change the icon, make sure you have the latest Instagram app, and then head to the app's settings page. Pull the screen down and you will see hidden emojis at the top of the screen, above the search bar. The present emoji will switch to a celebrating emoji and a message will pop up.

In the message, Instagram says: "To celebrate our birthday, this month we're inviting you to change your app icon to your favorite below. Thanks for being part of our story and using Instagram to share yours."

Instagram is letting users choose which of its icons they want to display on their homescreen to celebrate its 10th birthday.

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 6, 2020

Instagram users will then have the option to change their icon, with options including the classic 2010 and 2011 logos, the very first logo—which only lasted for three weeks—or even the pre-launch "codename" icon.

In addition to these retro icons, users can choose the current Instagram icon in a range of colors, including: Twilight, Sunrise, Aurora, Pride, Gold, Dark, Light, or Very Dark.

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, marked the occasion in a caption in which he hinted at the future of the app: "Today I'm also thinking a lot about where Instagram is going. To keep up with what's next, we have to adapt too.

"Over the coming months, you'll see some updates on Instagram—like a Reels and shopping tab and better messaging experience. We'll share more ways to help creators make a living and small businesses sell their products."

Mosseri also paid tribute to Instagram's users and credited them with influencing how the app is developing: "Through these changes, you all remain the heart of Instagram. We're focused on keeping you safe and building new features that fight bullying, improve equity, address fairness, and help you feel supported.

"I'm excited about how these changes will help you create the next wave of culture, and I can't wait to see how you'll inspire us next."

File photo: Instagram logos on a smartphone. Users can change the app's icon to the old logo to celebrate ten years of the app. Lionel Bonaventure/Getty